What to do on St. Patrick’s Day?

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present an Irish trilogy of three and a half shows written and performed by Brian Fleming (pictured) on Monday, March 14 and 21 at Under St. Marks.

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present an Irish trilogy of three and a half shows written and performed by Brian Fleming (pictured) on Monday, March 14 and 21 at Under St. Marks. (Photo by Johnny White)

Historic walks, theater, concerts and more

By Sabina Mollot

The one day of the year when everyone’s Irish is nearly upon us once again, and Town & Village has compiled a list of events taking place on March 17 and throughout the week that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or Irish culture.

The Irish Repertory Theater presents “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” a show directed by John Malkovich running from March 15 to April 3, including on St. Patrick’s Day at 7 p.m. This solo show featuring Julian Sands will explore the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter’s lesser-known poems and prose “devoid of pretension or glittery trappings.”

Tickets are $71 and the venue is the theater’s temporary home at DR2 at 103 East 15th Street, as Irish Repertory’s Chelsea venue undergoes renovations. Tickets are available online at http://www.irishrep.org.

Irish music can be heard throughout the afternoon and evening at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street, starting at 1 p.m. The first band is Triocha Bandits from 1-4 p.m., playing Gaelic music. The Itinerants play from 5-9 p.m. and regular Thursday night house band Irish Seisiun from 10:30 p.m. to closing. Both bands will play traditional Irish music and folk songs. Cover is $10. This event is 21 and up. For more information, visit paddyreillymusicbar.us.

Throughout the afternoon on March 17, Merchants House will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy.”

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CB6 committee cautiously approves license for vegan cafe

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Despite some neighbors’ concerns about connections to a comedy club that’s frequently cited for nighttime noise, the Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities (BASA) committee approved a new vegan café’s request for a beer and wine license. This was after initially rejecting the application in January.

Committee chair Keith Powers said at a committee meeting at the end of February that when VSpot, the new restaurant at 241 East 24th Street, originally came before the committee, they were rejected because there were concerns about the restaurant’s connection to the New York Comedy Club next door, so the committee asked the owner to come back and explain the connection.

“People felt like they might be artificially expanding the comedy club,” said Powers.

VSpot owner Daniel Carabaño explained that he is fully responsible for operating the restaurant, and New York Comedy Club co-owner Scott Lindner said at the meeting that the partnership between the club and the café was merely out of expediency when the vegan restaurant wanted to open a location in the space.

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